Linen can be laundered with confidence, and all Libeco Home products
carry full washing instructions.
It is important to select the proper washing agent. Many detergents
today contain optical whitening agents that work well on white linens.
These are not recommended for colored linens, however, as discoloring
and spotting may result. When washing colors, check that your detergent
does not have whitening agents, or choose a soap powder. If you have
hard water, with a high lime content, we recommend a softening agent,
especially for darker colors.
Linens by Didriks recommends using detergent that is free of enzymes, particularly for bed linen. Woolite® original fabric wash works well and is also available in an High Efficiency formula for front loading washers.
For stains, try the following:
- Ink: Soak in milk, or in soap-and-ammonia mixture, and rub the spot.
- Blood: Rinse immediately in cold water.
- Fruit, coffee, tea and chocolate: Rub with alcohol, white
vinegar and ammonia.
- Candle wax: Scratch off dried wax, absorb residue with blotting
paper and warm iron.
- Greasy Stains: Rub with ammonia.
- Red Wine: Rub immediately with sparkling water or white wine.
If stains do not disappear, you can try:
- Soaking the linen in a good washing detergent, or dissolving 3.5 oz.
sodium borate in boiling water, then adding enough cold water to yield
1½ gallons, and let soak for 1 hour.
- Never use chlorine bleach which may damage the fibers.
Try a traditional remedy: spread the linen out on a sunny meadow or
your back yard for a few days!
Linen is healthy
Because of its natural fibers and production process, linen is specially formulated to be hypoallergenic. Sleeping in and wearing linen will help you avoid common allergic reactions found with other fabrics, particularly synthetics. Linen is also considered antibacterial or "pure". Linen was used for bandage materials dating back to ancient Egypt.
Linen is highly breathable
Linen is naturally thermo-regulating. It is insulating in the cold, and cool and breathable when it's warm. Linen breathes easily and research has demonstrated that a person who wears linen sweats 1.5 times less than when wearing cotton and two times less than wearing a synthetic such as rayon.
Exceptionally long lasting
With proper care, linen is one of the few fabrics that actually gets better with age. It becomes softer, smoother and more lustrous. Table linen regularly passes from generation to generation.
Belgian linen is the very highest quality
Belgian linen producers control the whole production chain from the field to the finished linen fabric. To obtain quality linen, you have to use fine and regular yarns; the more threads per inch in the warp and weave, the higher the quality, as well as fewer slubs.
Linen is a specialty in Belgium and finishers train for a lifetime. Certain qualities of Belgian linen need up to 15 different types of processes to achieve the amazing hand of Belgian linen.